Met Police refer handling of multiple deaths to police complaints commission
PUBLISHED: 12:14 20 October 2015 | UPDATED: 12:17 20 October 2015
The referral to the IPCC comes after the deaths of four men, including Daniel Whitworth, from Gravesend.
Metropolitan Police has referred its handling of the death of four men to the Independent Police Complaints Commission after a man was charged with multiple murders.
The separate investigation follows the deaths of four men in their twenties, including Daniel Whitworth, from Gravesend.
An investigation, separate from the criminal proceedings against Stephen Port, 40 of Cooke Street, Barking, will look at vulnerabilities in the police response to deaths from June 19 2014 to September 14 2015.
Port is accused of murdering four men by poison and then dumping their bodies at a church and nearby locations.
He has been remanded in custody to appear at the Old Bailey, charged with four counts of murder and four counts of administering a poison with intent to endanger life or inflict grievous bodily harm.
Daniel Whitworth’s body was found by a dog walker on September 20 last year, near St Margaret’s Church in Barking.
The discovery came less than a month after the same dog walker discovered the body of Gabriel Kovari, 22, who’s death Port has also been charged in connection with.
Port is also charged in connection with the deaths of Jack Taylor, 25 and Anthony Patrick Walgate, 23.